Bexley Council accused of 'whitewash' on investigation into strippers at Crayford pub (From News Shopper)
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Bexley Council accused of 'whitewash' on investigation into strippers at Crayford pub
A councillor has accused Bexley Council of a "whitewash" after a request to review an alleged breach of a licence appears to have come to nothing.
The News Shopper revealed last month how The Charlotte pub in Crayford, owned by Bexley deputy mayor Geraldine Lucia-Hennis, was being investigated after the Adonis Caberet Show performed at the pub.
The licence bans the pub from having entertainment consisting of 'semi or full nudity'- the event was raising money for charities supported by Bexley mayor Councillor Sharon Massey.
Stefano Borella, Labour councillor for North End in Slade Green, who is also on Bexley's licencing committee, said: "I requested a review of the pub’s licence.
"This was a reasonable and rightful request that the licence be reviewed as the allegations seem such an obvious and deliberate breach.
"If any other licensed premise in the borough were to admit to a breech in the press they would brought before the committee.
"It is terrible. It’s a clear whitewash, is it one rule for Conservative councillors and one for the rest, who is stopping this review from happening?"
It has also come to light the pub was broken into overnight between April 27 and 28 and a quantity of cash was stolen from the safe.
A police spokesman said the owner's did not know how much had been taken and that enquiries are continuing.
Mrs Lucia-Hennis told News Shopper at the time: "I am sure the people who went to the event wouldn't agree it was a distasteful with the amount of money we raised."
A Bexley Council spokesman added: "The alleged breach of licence condition in respect of the Charlotte Public House is being dealt with in accordance with the procedure applied to all licensed premises.
"The licence holder has been asked to meet the police and council licencing officers.
"A decision will then be made as to what, if any, action to take."
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